A Lace Dress for Paige

At Mood Sewing Network, March is lace sewing month for the bloggers.  I was discussing with my oldest daughter, Paige, what I might make for this challenge.  After a few ideas, she suggested a dress for her.  I thought it was a great suggestion and I told her to start looking at patterns and inspiration photos.

Next step was the lace selection and Paige wanted a mint color lace (popular for spring).   She looked at the  incredible laces on Mood Fabric’s online shop and we knew Mood had an even a wider selection at their at their store in NYC and LA.  Then the best thing ever happened,  MSN bloggers Oonaballoona and Carolyn volunteered to go the NYC store and take pictures of laces for us.  We emailed them what we were looking for and all morning they sent pictures to our phones.  I would look, ooh and aahh and then forward the picture to Paige.

This is the lace Paige selected, the perfect mint color and a beautiful lace pattern:
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The pattern Paige picked was McCall’s 6699:

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I ordered the lace, a matching silk charmeuse for the lining, a yellow silk taffeta for the waistband the the back slit, thread and a matching mint invisible zipper.   The fabric arrived and the mint lace was incredible, a soft hand and wonderful design, this started my excitement for the dress, such perfect fabric.

I went to work on the muslin first to perfect the fit.  Next step was to baste the lace to the silk, I used some of my weights to keep all the fabric in place:
lace dress

After basting the layers and the darts, I serged around both layers to keep the lace from fraying.

I was so pleased with the invisible zipper  insertion.  Whew, I didn’t have to unsew!
lace dress

I have sewn lace one time before, so it wasn’t something I had much experience doing but I loved the sewing steps, each one brought more satisfaction in the garment.  The only part I was nervous about was the final fitting, oh I hoped it fit Paige perfectly.  We both had last Friday off, so I drove the couple hours to her house for the moment of truth. It fit perfectly and the mint color looks gorgeous on her.

I think the yellow is just the right accent color for the mint.  The bodice is fully lined on the dress, while the skirt is just underlined with the silk.
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A closer view of the dress:
lace dress

Another picture of this stunning dress on my beautiful girl, this shows the bust darts and waist darts on the skirt:
lace dress

A fun feature of the pattern and a way to showcase the yellow fabric is the turned-back slit on the skirt:
lace dress

This dress was fun to sew and the only thing I had to work on three times was the hem, I just wasn’t pleased with the way it would hang.  You know what they say, third time was a charm!

Paige was so happy with her dress and I was so happy to sew it for her.  Paige isn’t one to ask for many things, so when she asked for this dress, I was more than happy to do it.

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Comments


  • Carolyn
    March 20, 2013

    Lori – Paige looks beautiful in her dress! I love the mint/yellow combination and the yellow at the back slit is so kewl. Fantastic job!

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn. The slit is one of my favorite features.

  • SB
    March 20, 2013

    Beautiful job, beautiful daughter I luv the color and the striped lace design.

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thank you, the stripe in the lace was so fun and made it look more youthful, I think.

  • Lauren
    March 20, 2013

    Its’s beautiful! I love that color combination… and I confess, I totally lurked on that lace while I was at the store 🙂 Also, GAH , Paige is sooo pretty!!

    Seeing everyone’s lace garments just makes me want to sew more lace. I can’t get enough of it!

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thank you, Lauren, isn’t the feel of this lace wonderful? So soft. Thanks also for the compliment on Paige, you two are probably close in age, two pretty young women!

      I am with you on sewing more lace, thinking about something for me next.

  • Erica B
    March 20, 2013

    That dress is simply adorable!

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thank you, Erica.

  • Rachel
    March 20, 2013

    So pretty! Mint is so on trend, and I love it paired with the yellow! I think I need to get me some NYC friends would will scour MOOD for great finds like that!

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thanks, Rachel, we thought about pink but then yellow came up and we knew it was the perfect color for the mint. I want to go to Mood in NYC someday, that would be fabulous.

  • puu
    March 20, 2013

    what a great color choice, and that garment is just super-flattering on your daughter.

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thank you, it is a nice style on her.

  • Janine Whisler
    March 20, 2013

    Wow, that is a darling dress. Question, is the lace stretchy? If so, how do you keep it from loosing it’s shape or drooping away from the lining?

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      The lace is not stretchy at all. I did baste the darts and the sides, then tacked in a few small spots that might stretch but it was on a hanger for a week and I saw no signs of stretching. HTH.

  • Amy
    March 20, 2013

    Gorgeous! I love the color, the fit, and the details. You did such a great job on this dress for your daughter. Bravo!

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thank you, Amy, it is a great style and color for Paige.

  • Michelle
    March 20, 2013

    I recently bought this pattern and am so happy to see such an amazing project created using it! The dress is outstanding, and it looks even more gorgeous thanks to your beautiful daughter.

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Michelle, you will love the pattern. I think it is a great look and works for come color combinations with the accent pieces. Thanks.

  • Kacie
    March 20, 2013

    Beautiful dress! I have this pattern but haven’t gotten a chance to make it yet. It turned out so beautifully in that lace! I love the colors you picked too!

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thanks, Kacie, I think this is a great pattern. Have fun making your dress.

  • gMarie
    March 20, 2013

    Lori – that’s a wonderful dress and Paige is beautiful! The color is amazing and she just glows wearing it. The yellow is the perfect compliment / accent to the mint. But the turned back slit – fabulous! Nice job, Mom! g

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thanks, gMarie, I think Paige looks fabulous (I am pretty partial!). The dress is a perfect combination of fabulous fabric and a great pattern.

  • oonaballoona
    March 20, 2013

    this is a scoop of summer sorbet in a dress! that kick of yellow at the back is perfection. i’m so glad paige picked this lace, it was one of my favorites.

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thank you, Oona, I am so happy you and Carolyn photographed this lace. It is fab-u-lous! thank you.

  • Cissie
    March 20, 2013

    Just perfect! And I can only imagine the satisfaction you got from making something so special for someone so special. Love your color combination — and like everyone says, that slit is the icing on the cake.

    • Lori
      March 20, 2013

      Thank you Cissie, it was so fun sewing for Paige and she is always so appreciative.

  • Amanda S.
    March 20, 2013

    I love it, Lori! Great color combo!

    • Lori
      March 21, 2013

      ‘thank you, Amanda.

  • Velosewer
    March 21, 2013

    Paige looks great. You’ve done a gorgeous piece of work Lori.

    • Lori
      March 21, 2013

      Thank you, it was fun to make.

  • Tina
    March 21, 2013

    I am loving this theme! Love all the dresses but especially this mint and yellow. Turning into the first site I read…thanks to all the Mood sewers and Mood!

    • Lori
      March 21, 2013

      Tina, I am with you, I check this site daily. It is full of everything I like, fabric, sewing tips and garments! Thanks so much.

  • Kay
    March 21, 2013

    It is so pretty, and like everyone else, I love the back 🙂

    • Lori
      March 21, 2013

      Thank you, Kay, the back is so fun, isn’t it.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 21, 2013

    Beautiful, Lori! Paige is going to love this dress!

    • Lori
      March 21, 2013

      Thanks, Sarah, I think she will wear it quite a bit.

  • Ginger
    March 22, 2013

    What a perfect spring dress! I love this color combination, and I like that you used a simple pattern that shows off the lace. Gorgeous! Your daughter is too cute!

    • Lori
      March 23, 2013

      Thank you, Ginger. These might be my two favorite spring colors, now to make me something with them!